A Central American duel between
Marcela Avalos and Diana Romero of El Salvador and Nicaragua’s Lollette
Rodriguez and Valeska Hernandez will open the women’s action at the Cayman
Islands Beach Volleyball Tournament the first leg of 2011 NORCECA Circuit on Friday
In the men’s division the opening
contest features Esteban Escobar and Alexander Villegas of Costa Rica pitted
against Jon Mesko and Paul Baxter of United States-2.
Twenty women’s and nineteen men’s
teams are divided in five pools with the top three pairs of each pool advancing
to a single elimination main bracket.
The composition of the pools was
decided by the 2010 NORCECA Rankings with teams without ranking and countries’
second teams distributed during a drawing of lots ceremony held on Thursday
morning during the Technical Meeting, under the supervision of Arnaldo Sanchez,
the competition’s director.
Noel Williams, President of Cayman
Islands Volleyball Federation, welcomed the players and NORCECA’s delegate Hall
of Famer Sinjin Smith pronounced encouraging words to all participants on
behalf of Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, President of NORCECA. Randy Stocklos, another
Hall of Famer, who is here as special guest, also took part in the ceremony.
The pools composition is as
Pool A: Puerto Rico-1, Jamaica,
Cayman Islands and Mexico-2. Pool B: United States-1, El Salvador, Nicaragua,
Canada-2. Pool C: Canada-1, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts and Nevis and United
States-2. Pool D: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Pool E: Guatemala, Mexico-1, Barbados and Puerto Rico-2.
Pool A: Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago
and Cayman Islands-1. Pool B: United States-1, El Salvador, Nicaragua and
Canada-2. Pool C: Puerto Rico-1, Jamaica, Honduras and Barbados. Pool D:
Canada-1, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis and Cayman Islands-2. Pool E:
Costa Rica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico-2 and United States-2.